It encompasses all aspects of biology, from biochemistry and cell biology to ecology and behaviour, and examines animals in the context of their evolution and their environment, allowing you to specialise in your own areas of interest via placements, projects and modules in Levels 5 and 6.
Practical hands-on experience is an important aspect of the course and we have a wealth of local facilities and fieldwork sites on our doorstep. These include three major zoological collections (Chester Zoo, Knowsley Safari Park and the Blue Planet Aquarium), as well as the diverse habitat sites of the North Wales and Lancashire coasts and inland ecosystems in Snowdonia and the Lake District.
You will also have the opportunity for residential field trips – for example there are currently trips to Costa Rica to study cloud forest and coral reef habitats and to Tenerife to study southern European ecosystems. This is in addition to work placements of 4-6 weeks and/or a 12-month sandwich placement with a relevant organisation in the UK or overseas.